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Judge Dismisses Suit Against U. of South Alabama Over Student’s Shooting Death

An Alabama judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against the University of South Alabama filed by the family of a student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer last fall. The police said the student, Gil Collar, was nude and appeared to be on drugs when he was shot after threatening the officer.

State law exempts the school from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of freshman Gil Collar, 18, of Wetumpka, Mobile County Circuit Judge Robert H. Smith said in his one-sentence order.

The judge said the lawsuit can go forward against the university’s police chief, Zeke Aull, however.

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